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What I’d like to see in politics in 2016

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 21 January 2016

What I’d like to see in politics in 2016

Last year was a decidedly turbulent one in South African politics. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) was marred by violence, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was given the boot and Fees Must Fall highlighted the inequalities that still exist in higher education. But, hope springs eternal and with the SONA a little over a...

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Listen to this playlist by one of Cape Town’s dopest DJs

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 15 January 2016

Listen to this playlist by one of Cape Town’s dopest DJs

Older and established musicians should use music to help groom young talent. This is the principle that guides DJ Fosta’s work and life. “I come from a musical background. My father is a musician and so is my uncle. My uncle’s actually Duke Ngcukana [the late, legendary jazz musician who founded the jazz outfit The...

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This Soweto entrepreneur makes dope bags and notebooks from rubbish

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 7 January 2016

This Soweto entrepreneur makes dope bags and notebooks from rubbish

Soweto artist Brian Mokhachane is the founder of Soul Art Foundation: a social enterprise that makes art from discarded materials. He’s made bags from fabric cut offs, chairs from discarded paraffin tins and journals from discarded files.  Brian says he chose social entrepreneurship “to develop [his] community, build and inspire people”. Mokhachane started the enterprise...

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2015: The year of the student

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 18 December 2015

2015: The year of the student

I was in a dimly lit bar in Observatory the evening before Fees Must Fall’s national shutdown march. It must have been seven or eight o’clock in the evening. The blue was pulling away from the sky. A combination of blaring house music and drunken conversation was digging a hole into my ears. Plumes of...

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7 entrepreneurs whose business ideas will blow your mind

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 1 December 2015

7 entrepreneurs whose business ideas will blow your mind

From bags and bricks made from recycled materials, to a mobile legal office and a gangster museum, you’ll be inspired by the simplicity and ingenuity of these social entrepreneurs’ ideas. 1. Cleopatra Simelane Don’t tell Cleopatra Simelane print is dead. The Soweto-based actress and social entrepreneur is the founder of Recess Movement: a company that...

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#FeesMustFall: Twitter’s apt reaction to Blade Nzimande’s “students must fall” quip

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 23 October 2015

#FeesMustFall: Twitter’s apt reaction to Blade Nzimande’s “students must fall” quip

On Thursday, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande drew the ire of South Africans after jokingly saying his department would start a “students must fall” campaign if students don’t accept his proposed 6% university fee increase cap. This comes a day after the minister was heckled as he tried to address students who had marched to...

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Khayelitsha psychologist operates in a taxi

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 17 September 2015

Khayelitsha psychologist operates in a taxi

Psychologist and counsellor Banetsi Mphunga (28) has turned his minibus taxi into a treatment room. “My medium term goal is to have 10 of these,” says Banetsi, tapping on the steering wheel of his minibus taxi. His spectacles are pushed up to his forehead as he drives down Steve Biko Road in Khayelitsha. He narrows...

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“Hands off our internet”

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 28 August 2015

“Hands off our internet”

Recently, the Film and Publications Board successfully submitted their draft Online Regulation Policy for consideration by Parliament. The proposed policy aims to regulate content published on the internet to make sure it does not contain hate speech or child pornography. Content uploaded on the net would have to be pre-approved before being uploaded. This has...

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This week in parliament: will you be forced to join the army?

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 28 August 2015

This week in parliament: will you be forced to join the army?

The National Assembly had an oral reply session from the government cluster, which consists of The Presidency, Women In the Presidency, Public Service and Administration and the Department of Traditional Affairs. They discussed issues ranging from the violence against women and children as well as the government’s plans to use conscription to address youth unemployment. Here...

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How to get more women into the tech industry

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 26 August 2015

How to get more women into the tech industry

American social entrepreneur Netia McCray (25) is the founder of youth-focused social enterprise Mbadika. The organisation hosts engineering workshops where children are taught basic engineering principles by making simple DIY kits. In South Africa, McCray has taught young South Africans how to make low-cost, solar-powered USB chargers. The chargers are made from a solar panel,...

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